Dogs may be "man's best friend," but parrots, cats, lizards and horses also form connections to people. Not only can having a pet cheer you up and reduce your stress levels, but your pet could save your life. These pets may be able to detect cancer, diabetic crises, seizures, migraines and Parkinson's "freezing," helping owners get timely -- and often critical -- help.
Dogs can actually be taught to detect cancer. Melanoma is the least common but most deadly skin cancer, accounting for 79 percent of skin cancer deaths. Diagnosis relies mostly on the way the skin looks -- even though many melanomas are invisible to the naked eye. But cancer causes the body to release chemicals into our urine, sweat and even breath that smells different than normal. My latest Huffington Post article explains more about how pets can predict--or even avert--human health crises.
Of course, turn about is only fair--and it's completely up to owners to provide proper care for these wonderful animal companions. You'll want to take immediate steps to treat puppy diarhea or care for vomiting, and make sure your pets get proper vaccionations to prevent devastating problems like distemper. The fun stuff comes with all the dog and cat toys, games, and training (yes, cats can be trained!) because THAT'S how you build the bond. And it's that loving bond that allows pets to be our caregivers, too. After all, when we love pets they also show how they love us.
Purrs and wags once again to Gina Misiroglu for connecting me to the fine folks at AOL, as a way to spread the furry love--and show folks what a terrific community of writers we have at Red Room!
Please visit me also at my Puppy-Licious home for great pet training and care tips. And for Ask Amy pet videos, cat info, and SQUEEE cute puppy and kitty pictures, visit the Bling, Bitches & Blood site.
Causes Amy Shojai Supports
Cat Writers Association, Winn Feline Foundation, AKC Canine Health Foundation, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)